Birmingham City boss Garry Monk claims that he still wants to build his side around players such as Che Adams, despite admitting the club may struggle to hold off growing Premier League interest in the striker.
Adams has featured in every league game for the Midlands side this season, finding the net on 22 occasions to earn himself a nomination for the EFL’s Championship Player of the Season.
Those performances have led to a growing amount of top flight interest in the 22-year-old, with Crystal Palace, Southampton, Burnley and newly promoted Norwich all thought to be interested in the striker.
Despite that, Monk is determined not to let Adams go easily, as he told the Birmingham Mail: “I can’t predict the future and we all know how football works and that side of it but my No. 1 aim is to have our most important players and best players at the club.
“You want to build around them – the club understand that as well.
“They want that – that’s part of the discussions we have had, I think we are on the same page with that for sure.”
Monk however did admit that a departure from St Andrew’s is a possibility for Adams in the summer, as The Blues manager conceded: “We don’t want our best players going anywhere – but football is football, it can happen. No. 1 it has to suit the club.”
In total Adams has scored 38 goals in 122 appearances in all competitions for Birmingham since joining from Sheffield United in 2016, and speaking about working with the striker, Monk added: “In terms of Che he has been fantastic to work with, he knows there’s an improvement in him, there’s still work to be done with him and he knows he can get that here and that we understand how to get the best out of him for that.”
This is a very difficult situation for Monk to be in.
You can completely understand his desire to build a team around a player with the quality that Adams has so clearly demonstrated this season, but at the same time, both the player and the club as a whole must be considered as well.
If the chance for a move to the Premier League does arise in the summer transfer window, you can be sure it is one that Adams will be desperate to take, while given the club’s own much publicised Financial Fair Play issues earlier in the season, a lucrative bid for the striker could be difficult for the St Andrew’s hierarchy to turn down.
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